And well, being proudly Jewish, now that gets on the nerves of some of my Latino non-Jewish brethren especially the ones who are quite certain that I’m going to hell now that I’ve left Jesus and repeatedly like to tell me so.
Now, being angry about the racism I’ve encountered in Jewish circles has gotten me called an “angry black girl” and worst. I’ve even been advised I need to seek therapy for my issues with white people. Others have said that I’m embarrassing the Jewish people by talking about racism in the community out loud.
Too many times the first question out of someone’s mouth when they’ve met me has been “Are you a convert?” People can’t seem to help themselves. Literally, it seems to blurt out of their mouths with ever widening eyes.
Yes, I’ve had to stomach little kids saying racist and other inappropriate things to me and when I’ve turned to their parents, I have been told that I was exaggerating things. I have had to sit there and let little kids harass me.
I worry that if I criticize the state of Israel, people will think I’m doing it because I don’t have the proper respect for Judaism. I worry about this enough to wonder if someday, I’ll be looking forward to having my conversion revoked over one too many editorials.
I worry that telling my non-Jewish friends about the racist Jews I’ve encountered only fuels what they already believe about white Jews. And I really don’t know how to help this situation.
I worry even more about the dating prospects of converts, both white and otherwise, and I pray that they will all find, like I did, the right person who truly accepts them for who they are and is awed by the amazing journey they’ve taken to Judaism.
Are these totally random thoughts? Well, read “We Hold These Truths to Be Pretty Obvious” and you’ll have some thoughts of your own. Blogger MaNishtana does it again by creating an awesome post detailing his very own “Jew of Color Bill of Rights.”